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Jul. 19th, 2012

I'm thinking about magazines because I'm sorting through a perilously tall stack of New Yorkers, Economists, Mother Joneses, and Yoga Journals that are threatening to envelop my coffee table.

I like magazines. Once in a while, I like to read news and opinion pieces that aren't in binary format. I like the format of magazines, I like the feel of them, I like the relaxed, casual feeling that sitting on the couch with a goddamn magazine invokes.

I do not like the subscription forms that cascade out of them.

What periodicals you read regularly? Discuss.

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dramaturgca
Jul. 20th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
Honestly, the only glossy I read approaching regularly is Bon Appetit. I love a cooking magazine. And I love Takarazuka Graph when I can get it, but that's approximately never unless I know someone going to Japan.
nisaba
Jul. 20th, 2012 09:58 am (UTC)
I love photography magazines. In theory so I can learn more about technique, but really I just like looking at the pretty pictures. I also used to read dance magazines for the same reason.

New Scientist is good too, but I cancelled my subscription when I realised I simply couldn't digest that much science every week. I wish I could just subscribe to every fourth issue.
emzebel
Jul. 20th, 2012 12:18 pm (UTC)
I am pathetic and just subscribe to Parents (I know, I know) and Real Simple (I KNOW). I use magazines for escapism.

I guess technically we get Smithsonian as well, but only because there is no way to get the member benefits without the glossy.
kakiphony
Jul. 20th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
Back in the day, my favorite was Vanity Fair. It had Christopher Hitchens and actual articles -- some of which were political, some of which were pop culture, and most of which were well written. Next in line was Gourmet. It had food porn, but also articles about travel and food politics that were, again, well written and somewhat in-depth. Those were magazines that could last you for more than a ten minute flip-through. I haven't subscribed in years because my budget didn't allow it, and now Gourmet is gone (sniff!) and Vanity Fair seems a little less fabulous without Hitchens around to give it heft.

These days, the only things I actually get in the mail are Food & Wine (which was the best thing I could get from friend's daughter when the Girl Scouts did their fundraiser last year) and my local Edible magazine. Food & Wine is too glossy and simplistic for my taste. I miss the longer articles from Gourmet, and I find more recipes I want to try on Smitten Kitchen. I love supporting the Edible franchise because I value local food, local writers, and local subjects, but it's too infrequent a publication (quarterly). I wish it was produced bi-monthly.

If the budget would allow it, I'd add in the New York Review of books which isn't glossy, but is a great read. I also really enjoy The Wilson Quarterly when I'm at my aunt's house, and National Geographic is a classic for a reason. I might also take The New Yorker, although I find that the few free articles I can get online from it tend to satisfy me.

Edited at 2012-07-20 12:51 pm (UTC)
atalantapendrag
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I used to treat myself to FORTEAN TIMES and BIZARRE but they're just too expensive these days :( And ON OUR BACKS is gone.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
I used to love Bitch and Bust, but as I've gotten older they just haven't seemed as strong, or maybe it's me.

I also read Real Simple (it's more organization porn than anything else, but I can dream), Vanity Fair, and Washingtonian.

If I'm traveling, I get a big stack and include things like Vogue, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and Esquire.

I used to love Spy, and one I think was called Radar, but those are long gone (early 90s, if I remember right).
fountaingirl
Jul. 20th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Well damn, I tried to post but I had gotten logged out and it didn't go.

I used to love Spy, and Radar, back in the day when they were still around (early 90s-ish I think). I also used to love Bust and Bitch more than I do now, I can't tell if they have changed or if I have.

I used to adore Ms. when it first re-launched, but to me it became so much more dour and dry that I just gave up.

I now will read Real Simple - it's organization porn, which I adore - and Vanity Fair. I also get the Washingtonian, since it tells about cool local things to do.

If I am traveling, I'll get a huge stack of mags to read on the plane, and it usually will include Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, and maybe Vogue or Elle.

If I am stuck at the salon or in a waiting room and they have mags I will read just about anything though, it's funny. Suddenly I'm all "Women's Day? Eh. That'll work." My gp actually has a subscription to something called "Garden and Gun" and I've even given that a go in moments of desperation.
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